Ubuntu EdgeYesterday, Canonical introduced a project to develop the Ubuntu Edge smartphone. The company unveiled its plan on Indiegogo, and it’s a rather expensive one at that.

To realize the project a reality in 30 days to raise $ 32 million. Upon successful completion of the campaign, the first batch of 40,000 units, will come to users in May 2014. It should be noted that there is still the record for the fund as a result of the project is crowdfunding Pebble smartwatch, who was able to collect about $ 10 million on Kickstarter. Canonical hopes to break the record three times and attract 40,000 participants. To pre-order the device offered to pay 810 dollars, tomorrow acts reduced price – $ 600. Addendum: for the first 4 hours after the announcement has already collected nearly a million dollars.

Ubuntu Edge smartphone will have several interesting features that make the device a desirable acquisition for geeks. In particular, the phone will come with two mobile platforms – Ubuntu Touch and Android, in this case will be provided not only support dual-boot with the ability to work in one of the systems, but also provided access to a single user data, regardless of the platform used (in fact will load a base system, which will be present as regular components of Android, and the environment Ubuntu Touch).

Another feature is support out of the box desktop mode – the phone can be connected to a monitor / TV via HDMI, connect the keyboard and mouse, and get a full workstation, which will be available and synchronized all information used when handling the phone mode. The working environment when working in a desktop system will be based on regular shell Unity and conventional desktop applications used in the assembly of Ubuntu for desktop systems. In this case, the coexistence of desktop environments and mobile skins will be organized in seamless mode, all open pages in a mobile browser, and your bookmarks will be available in a full desktop browser, from the desktop mode, you can add and edit contacts, make calls, send SMS, work with calendar scheduler.

To ensure comfortable working in the unit plans to use at least 4 GB of RAM and the fastest available on the market of mobile quad core processors. For permanent storage will be offered integrated Flash-drive, a 128 GB. The phone will be equipped with a 4.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720, an 8-megapixel camera, 4G/LTE-modemom, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, NFC, GPS. For connecting external screens provide a port MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link, supports HDMI). Device size 64 x 124 x 9 mm. The phone case is made of amorphous metal, and the screen is protected by a heavy-duty sapphire crystal.

The specs of Ubuntu Edge:

– To ensure comfortable working in the unit plans to use at least 4 GB of RAM and the fastest available on the market of mobile quad core processors;
– For permanent storage will be offered integrated Flash-drive, a 128 GB;
– The phone will be equipped with a 4.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720, an 8-megapixel camera, 4G/LTE-modemom, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, NFC, GPS;
– For connecting external screens provide a port MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link, supports HDMI);
– Device size 64 x 124 x 9 mm;
– The phone case is made of amorphous metal, and the screen is protected by a heavy-duty sapphire crystal.

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